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President Obama attends Nationals game

From Post White House correspondent Anne E. Kornblut:

After hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill, President Obama finally made it out of the house for some fun - and showed up at the Nationals game on Friday night.

With star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the mound, Obama also got to see his old hometown team, the Chicago White Sox.

That was more than the president did in Chicago two weeks ago, when he stayed within a security perimeter around his house - avoiding the perception that he was out frolicking during the Gulf crisis. (He played golf recently, but out of view of the cameras).
But after oil spill events seemed to turn around some this week, with BP promising a $20 billion escrow account and Republicans finally taking some heat for missteps, Obama decided to relax on Friday night.

He arrived at the game in the bottom of the first inning, before third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's at-bat. No announcement was made, but several fans who could see in the private box gave him an ovation and snapped photos.

It came at the end of a very sporting day for the president. He watched the World Cup on his flight to Columbus, aides said. And Obama also called Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, after their championship win and "said that it was a great series, worthy of the rivalry and noted that in last night's game, Derek Fisher had yet another huge postseason shot. "

"The President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House," an official White House readout said.

Update, from pool reports:

Obama is sitting in a box along with, among others, daughters Sasha and Malia and brother-in-law Konrad Ng. The president was spotted drinking a beer and wearing a white shirt and Chicago White Sox hat.

By Alexa Steele  |  June 18, 2010; 7:20 PM ET
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Mr. Kilgore,

Seriously? After hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill, President Obama finally made it out of the house for some fun - and showed up at the Nationals game on Friday night. You have the temerity to write such drivel? Mr. Obama has done everything except "hunker down" to resolve the oil spill. From ceremonies with the NY Yankees and Duke Blue Devils to seven golfing outings to two vacations and meetings with Bono. What planet have you been living on? Mr. Obama needs to realize that he is President and Commander in Chief, not vacationer in chief.

Posted by: georgeanthony1 | June 18, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? After hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill, President Obama finally made it out of the house for some fun - and showed up at the Nationals game on Friday night

LOL! OMFG, you did not just write that!?

Posted by: dc35 | June 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Um, check the sig: Alexa Steele, not A. Kilgore (unless that's one heck of a nom de plume), and the lines are attributed at the top: "From Post White House correspondent Anne E. Kornblut"

Posted by: HotNats | June 18, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Whoever wrote it: Your brief column is such drivel. Repeating what two other commenters said: Hunkering down??? Give us a break. Anyone with half a wit can see this clown clowns around all the time. Hunkering down, indeed.

Posted by: cookasia | June 18, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Don’t know if anyone heard the 1 hour radio interview with Stan Kasten on WTOP this morning, but wow it was ANYTHING BUT A SOFTBALL INTERVIEW!!! I found it absolutely riveting!

Posted by: PNatsFan | June 18, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, can the guy not have one evening to himself? I know he's apparently supposed to be diving down to the leak and closing it up with his bare hands, but let him take in a baseball game. Believe it or not, Presidents are entitled a night to themselves every now and then.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | June 18, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Does this man ever WORK?? Who are you kidding,"hunkering down?" Let's see concerts, parties, million dollar trips for 10 minutes speeches. Obama is Slacker #1. My high schoolers work more.

Posted by: dsmith75 | June 18, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Oblarney flies to Ohio at a estimated cost of $1,000,000.00 including the lost wages of the construction site workers that O closed for this photo-up. After spending 10 minutes at the site, speaking to 7 people (check out the photo's, if it was not so elitist it would be funny).

O rushes back to Air-Force One to make game time. O has to be up early tomorrow. Some one screwed-up and got an early tee time.

How much will the Nation stand? Can we stand?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 18, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is this president not in the White House working, or at the Gulf, or somewhere handling the dozens of problems that confront the nation of which he is head of state.

He has a Nobel Prize, he ought to know better.....

Posted by: JPMcC | June 18, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Wacko alert! Right wing wackos are jumping on to the Nats blog to slam Obama. Oil spill is Obama's fault! Any problem you got? It's Obama's fault.
Note to wackos: George Bush spent more than a year of his presidency on vacation, mostly in Crawford. The hateful bile that right wing wackos can spew is truly amazing.

Posted by: KidTJ | June 18, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, will you right-wing tools give it a rest. The president is entitled to a night at the ballpark and a beer. Relax. Old Man McCain lost and Obama won. Get over it.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | June 18, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

And he was wearing a White Sox cap, not a hat.
Hats have brims that go all the way around. Caps have brims in the front only.

Guess I told her!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 18, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

and if you don't read the comments on political or even distantly related to political stories, all these unsocialized noobs here might seem unusual. Try wading in those cesspools for a few minutes--you'll have to bleach your civility for several days to get the stench out.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 18, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I rest my case. Thanks for the cautionary examples.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 18, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Bush took 78 days of vacation in his first year in office - Obama has taken 26 - so who is the slacker here? Right-wing Nut jobs - get the facts and don't through stones when you live in a glass house (or glass trailer home as is more likely the case for you)

Posted by: RAMMAN1 | June 18, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Funny that you Bernadina's AKA right fielders weren't saying jackola when W took more vacations than any other prez in US history. You donks. The guy watched a freaking baseball game, get over it.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | June 19, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse


you should know: never bring politics into baseball postings.
for whatever reason, it always trumps the beauty of the sport & brings out the worst of closeted feelings.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | June 19, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

"And he was wearing a White Sox cap, not a hat.
Hats have brims that go all the way around. Caps have brims in the front only.

Guess I told her!"

That's right. Post of the week! What is the matter with people?

Posted by: poncedeleroy | June 19, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

"Hunkering down", have you gone mad??? He's done nothing but golf, attend sporting events, throw lavish parties and wear his tongue out placing blame on everyone else since he's been elected, let alone since the oil spill.

Posted by: JolieFleur | June 19, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

People here are not objecting to him taking in a baseball game, they are objecting to the author's use of the term "hunkering down" to explain what the Golfer-in-Chief has been doing with regards to the spill.

7 rounds of golf, endless parties and fundraisers, and a myriad of speeches that have gone from merely dull to downright laughable hardly constitute "hunkering down" by any standard other than a Liberal one, I suppose.

Posted by: JolieFleur | June 19, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

you can't escape the leftist water carrying anywhere in this rag..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 19, 2010 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Big surprise, plenty of unfamiliar user names in the comments for this entry {rolls eyes}

Posted by: Kev29 | June 19, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

The Nats offense last night was only slightly more successful than Obama's administration. Hope he enjoyed the game, he'll be back in Chicago the next time the White Sox come to town.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 19, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Whenever there's an article that mentions Obama at a sporting event, I always check out the comments. There as predictable as the sun rising in the east. No doubt he was slacking off last night; he really should've been scuba diving a mile under water w/ a really big can of sealant.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 19, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse


These posters are nothing but Bushbots who think Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh speak the truth and think Sarah Palin is an intellectual. Don't blame Obama for having a life. Try finding one of your own. Have fun at your next Klan, I mean Tea Party.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 19, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

As it was when Bush was Pres. and all the Dems. howled when he took a break, so is it with Obama attending a baseball game and all the Reps. screaming that he has no right to do that. I ask anybody slamming Obama one question. Do you ever surf the internet at work, do you stop in the middle of work days to constantly answer your Blackberry, do you work hard every minute of the day? If you waste any time during work, then shut your mouth.

Posted by: lucky15 | June 19, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey, it was the same way when the President "got 90 percent" ovation at the game on Opening Day. Well, I was with about a million Phils fans that booed unmercifully, so whatever.

Obama "Hunkered down" is a ludicrous statement, but we're used to it from the mainstream media. Its casual biases like those that created and is why Fox News continues to flourish.

Nats need to get it together in a hurry...

Posted by: CJArlington | June 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Really great comments here. I mean, who is this guy to spend a few hours with his daughters at a baseball game? The nerve. And having a photo op at a construction sight? Must be the first president ever to do that. And to spend all that taxpayer money using airforce one to get there and back... Could have taken southwest for much less. And some of those workers missed a few hours of pay cause of that photo op? Outrageous... Of course I suspect the would have no wages to have lost if that project wad never funded...but those are just facts and whatnot.

He really should be home staring at the bp spillcam 24/7. Pretty sure he has no one back at the white house working on that nor does he have a cell phone in case something were to come up. Better yet, he should be in the gulf washing off pelicans just like when his predicesor was down there rebuilding houses after Katrina.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 19, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Get a grip, nutjobs. The President took a break to see Strasburg throw a gem. The wingnuts and the libs can fight over policy on another bog, but fighting over a baseball author's respectful description of the President is silly. If people want to get upset about something related to baseball, the four-game losing streak would be a good place to start.

I was in Section 208 - directly below the President - and I heard nothing but cheers for the President during the game. People cheered when he arrived and when he left. The only booing was directed at security during the first inning, after security prohibited ticketholders from going to their seats because of the President's arrival. A lot of fans missed the Sox first run b/c of the President, but most did not seem to be too bothered by the delay.

Posted by: HeShootsHeScores | June 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

There was one moron in my section who kept heckling the president. Shame the moron didn't fall over the barrier to the 100-section seats below (he and his companion missed a high-five after the W-Sox won). Everyone else was clapping and taking pictures.

Posted by: samantha7 | June 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Yeah let's wish death on dissenters. That's the liberal way amirite samantha? Amirite??

Posted by: RickFelt | June 19, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I am a hard core GOP guy, but I would never boo Obama. But I laughed at the Post's characterization that it was 90 percent cheers for him on Opening Day (with the White Sox cap no less).

Thats just a simple falsehood. Literally my whole section booed (although it was mostly boorish Phily fans).

Nothing wrong with the President taking in this series--I expected him to since last year. What is funny is the description of him being "hunkered down" until this, especially when all the mainstream media could do is show Bush playing golf during Katrina (Obama's played five rounds recently).

This is just whats funny about the Post, though. Mike Wise, Tom Shales, Steven Pearlstein, sports, entertainment, and business respectively. How do I know they're all liberal? I shouldn't, but they push an agenda even in their respective sections, which should be free of politics.

I shouldn't even know they are liberals...

Posted by: CJArlington | June 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

This article is one, big contradiction meant to start off by shielding Obama...

Here's the first part of the first sentence...

"After hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill..."

Now look at what the author wrote just two paragraphs later...

"That was more than the president did in Chicago two weeks ago..."

This was when the president was ON VACATION (not mentioned)...which means he was NOT "hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill"...

The author then even notes that Obama "played golf recently, but out of view of the cameras"...

That is even MORE PROOF that Obama was NOT "hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill"...

Taking vacations and playing golf is NOT "hunkering down", Mister Kilgore, and nomatter how bad you want to downplay reality for the sake of your golden calf, realize that this is but one example of why the media is going from "in the tank for Obama" to simply being "down the tubes...

Political Wrinkles

Posted by: cnredd | June 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad there were other blogfans who noticed that most of the commenters are NOT our regulars. They are not our brother and sister Nats fans, but rather strangers to this blog. I disagree with them. And I'm glad the president brought the kids. We were at the game, in Section 312, and saw folks down in the expensive seats looking toward the boxes and pointing, and we figured out what was going on. I appreciated that it was not the complicated setup it was for Opening Day.

Posted by: sbuck | June 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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